Manuel Luis operated a coffee shop in his native Portugal for four years. After moving to Turlock, he decided to bring his shop – and the style of coffee it served – along with him.
Luis Coffee and Tea opened in the Walmart shopping center two months ago.
“I do make espressos and cappuccinos European style,” he said.
What’s the difference? Apparently, it’s foam.
“Most of the times, you go out there and ask for a cappuccino, you get a lot of milk instead of foam,” Luis said.
A look on the shop’s Facebook page confirms that there is a lot of very tasty-looking foam.
In addition to a variety of coffee drinks, the shop offers smoothies, pastries and bagels.
So far, Luis said, business has been slow. But he hopes it picks up soon. I plan to get by there pretty quickly for one of those espressos, which he assures are as good as they look.
“I drink a lot of coffee,” he said. “My favorite is espresso, but I don’t drink it all the time. Too much caffeine at one time.”
Find Luis Coffee and Tea at 2105 Fulkerth Road in Turlock. Hours are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Call 209-620-9014.
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Christmas is less than a week away. If you’re still not done with your shopping – or if you’re like my late father and never start until Christmas Eve – I have an idea for you: Stop, take a deep breath and look around. Inspiration is all over the Northern San Joaquin Valley.
Get your loved ones some local products – we are blessed with producers of everything from almonds to bath products to olive oil. We also have an abundance of wonderful wineries around here. Many of these items are available at your local grocer, if you don’t want to stop into a boutique or factory store.
However, I highly recommend you do stop into one of the local shops. One of the great things about mom-and-pop operations is that they know their products. Tell the staff who you need to buy for, and they will help make sure you get something great.
And, of course, there are gift cards. Nothing wrong with a prepaid debit card or a card to a big-box retailer, but how about a local coffee shop gift certificate for your caffeine-fueled friend? Or a card to a brewpub for your beer-loving brother-in-law? Or something from one of the many clothing or antique shops in our area?
However you decide to spend the holidays – and, truly, the best gift of all is your time and attention – I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas.